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Accident: 92862.015 - Employee Struck By Falling Tree Trunk And Is Killed

Accident: 92862.015 -- Report ID: 0355112 -- Event Date: 02/03/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1208107.01502/06/2017Shc Cove Corporation
At 12:18 p.m. on February 3, 2017, an employee was working with a Deere 50D mini excavator pushing a trunk over from an 87 foot tall pine tree. The employee stopped work on that trunk and went to another trunk and started to expose the root ball. Coworkers saw the original tree leaning towards the employee and yelled to him. The employee began backing away from the falling tree, left the ROP cab of the excavator, and was immediately struck by the tree trunk. The employee was killed when hit by the trunk.
Keywords: struck by, tree felling, excavator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 0 0 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1208107.015 44 M Fatality Other Excavating and loading machine operators FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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